rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Definition of replica

1 : an exact reproduction (as of a painting) executed by the original artist a replica of this was painted … this year— Constance Strachey
2 : a copy exact in all details DNA makes a replica of itself sailed a replica of the Viking ship broadly : copy this faithful, pathetic replica of a Midwestern suburb — G. F. Kennan

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reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing. reproductions from the museum's furniture collection duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing. a duplicate of a house key copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically. printed 1000 copies of the lithograph facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale. a facsimile of a rare book replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details a replica of the Mayflower but not always in the same scale. miniature replicas of classic cars

Examples of replica in a Sentence

We toured a replica of the ship. It's an authentic replica of an ancient Greek urn.
Recent Examples on the Web The cabin was a replica of the one Clark, the founder of Louisville and a Revolutionary War hero, lived in during retirement. Mary Ramsey, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2021 The gallery is a digital replica of Sotheby's London New Bond Street Galleries. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, 7 June 2021 But the mural that decorates the staircase today is a replica; the original was sold about four years ago to Cushing descendants. New York Times, 21 May 2021 There’s also the world’s largest Pong console, set up on a 15-foot TV replica from the 1970s, and the Head-to-Head Hall is filled with gaming stations where attendees can compete against each other. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, 3 Mar. 2021 Closer to home, Southern California replica purveyor Superformance – which provided the Cobras and GT40s for Ford vs. Ferrari–is prepping its own Cobra EV. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 7 Nov. 2020 Despite Stan’s sale, the Black Hills Institute retains the rights to make and sell future casts of the T. rex’s bones, including full-size replica skeletons. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, 12 Oct. 2020 There’s a replica kitchen where Ginsburg’s husband, Marty, cooked and the official portraits of Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to ascend to the nation’s highest court, from the National Portrait Gallery. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 22 Sep. 2020 Estella’s chic military jacket is historically accurate, but overall Beavan wasn’t trying to make Cruella a replica of London’s punk scene. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of replica

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for replica

Italian, repetition, from replicare to repeat, from Late Latin, from Latin, to fold back — more at reply

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The first known use of replica was in 1824

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14 Jun 2021

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“Replica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of replica

: an exact or very close copy of something


rep·​li·​ca | \ ˈre-pli-kə How to pronounce replica (audio) \

Kids Definition of replica

: a very exact copy


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